Global expansion continued, as did the company's dedication to the electronics industry. Earlier development work with the U.S. government paid dividends, catapulting the company's electronics business to a worldwide leadership position.
In the 1990s, Air Products acquires a 49 percent interest in Sapio in Italy, and completes the acquisition of Carburos Metálicos in Spain and Korea Industrial Gas.View Larger Photo
Pictured: Carburos plant, Tres Cantos (Madrid).
In Asia, the company forms joint ventures with Japanese companies Daido Hoxan and Showa Denko to serve the growing electronics industry.
Air Products establishes a new company in Singapore; forms a joint venture in Indonesia; and opens new facilities at Tsukuba, Japan, to supply products to the Asian semiconductor market.
Nitrogen trifluoride, a material originally developed for laser weaponry in the 1960s, becomes the pre-eminent chamber cleaning material for the semiconductor industry. Air Products becomes the worldwide leader in production of this material.View Larger Photo
Pictured: Our nitrogen trifluoride manufacturing facility in Hometown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
The company acquires Permea, Inc., a leading supplier of membrane and adsorption gas separation systems.View Larger Photo
Pictured: Membrane fibers are manufactured at our Permea facility in St. Louis, Missouri for our noncryogenic gas supply systems.